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A full-fledged winery will open in River North this fall

No one would ever mistake Chicago for Napa, but local oenophiles will soon have a new spot to sip wine that’s crushed, fermented and bottled right here in the city. Chicago Winery—a working winery, restaurant, tasting room and event venue by First Batch Hospitality—plans to open in a massive two-floor space at 739 N Clark St in River North this fall, joining the ranks of local winemaking spots like City Winery and Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery. First Batch also runs urban winery concepts in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., but reps from the group say the River North location will have a special Chicago touch, with design elements inspired by the city’s transit history and “the golden age of passenger train travel.”

How Chicagoans are responding to Roe v. Wade being overturned

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that’s enshrined the constitutional right to abortion for nearly half a century. Here in Illinois, we have legal provisions in place that protect the right to abortion, but for 26 U.S. states—including neighbors like Indiana, Missouri and more—those rights are likely to disappear or become highly restricted. In the meantime, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has called a special legislative session to further bolster Illinois’ reproductive health protections.

Catch a free performance from hip-hop duo Abstract Mindstate this weekend

Back in the early 2000s, Chicago-born hip-hop group Abstract Mindstate—a male-female duo composed of rappers Olskool Ice-Gre and E.P. da Hellcat—appeared primed for a major breakthrough. But the duo suffered financial setbacks, and after recording two albums, they found different careers (E.P. as a behavioral analyst, Gre as an A&R executive) and parted ways for what seemed like a permanent hiatus.

The Millennium Park Summer Film Series lineup has arrived

You’ve already got plenty of avenues for watching outdoor movies in Chicago this summer, from free Movies in the Parks screenings to ritzy date nights at Rooftop Cinema Club in Fulton Market. Now you can add yet another option to the list as the Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns to the Loop this July.

An immersive Prince experience opens in Chicago

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to say that a purple-hued world has opened up on Michigan Avenue, thanks to the arrival of a new Prince-themed immersive exhibition inside the sprawling Shops at North Bridge complex. Developed by the event production company Superfly, “Prince: The Immersive Experience” takes visitors through...

Check out the new XO Marshmallow café in Lincoln Park

Do your summer plans include sipping a marshmallow fluff-topped cold brew? If not, it's time to change that with a visit to XO Marshmallow’s sweet new digs. After five years in Rogers Park, the gourmet marshmallow company has moved its candy-colored café operations to a larger storefront in Lincoln Park that’s opening on June 4 with a menu full of summery marshmallow treats.

Chicago’s coffee scene is more creative than ever

We talk a lot about new cocktail bars and breweries popping up in Chicago, but what if you're more of a coffee person? Over the past few months, Chicago’s already-thriving coffee scene has opened up a host of new and innovative coffee shops that offer more than just, say, a quality latte or killer cold brew. From authentic Vietnamese iced coffee in the West Loop to a horror geek's paradise in Logan Square to community-building in Roseland, put these new coffee shops and pop-ups in your rotation this summer.

A record collector’s paradise in Englewood

When you bring all-vinyl DJs and local food vendors together, "sampling" takes on a whole new meaning. This summer, 58th and Halsted will be the best place in the city for vinyl aficionados to come together and pore through crates of records, all while eating delicious local food, dancing to music from esteemed local DJs and learning about exciting community initiatives.

Chicago beaches reopen today

Rain and temps in the low 50s don’t exactly make for ideal beach day weather, but as of today (May 27), Chicago beaches are officially open! The city’s 22 beaches open for the season every year on the Friday before Memorial Day, marking the start of one of Chicagoans’ favorite pastimes: swimming in frigid Lake Michigan waters.